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Agent: Former Red Sox standout Kevin Youkilis retiring
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

Former Red Sox standout third baseman Kevin Youkilis has called it quits, his agent told the Boston Herald.

Youkilis, who retires with a .281 lifetime average and 150 home runs, played in Japan last season and batted just .215 in 65 at-bats.

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Brewers decline option on 2B Rickie Weeks
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

Second baseman Rickie Weeks, who has been playing with the Brewers since 2003, will be wearing a different uniform in 2015, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, which is reporting that the team will not pick up his $14.5 option.

The 32-year-old Weeks has certainly played himself out of that salary range. His production has dropped markedly in recent years, though his .274 average this season was his highest since 2006. Weeks, however, earned just 252 at-bats and struck out an alarming 73 times.

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Rays expected to pick up option on 2B Ben Zobrist
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

The Rays are expected to exercise their $7.5 option on second baseman Ben Zobrist before its Saturday deadline, per the Tampa Bay Times.

The 2014 season was marked by consistency and production from Zobrist, who was voted the team's most valuable player by the local baseball writers. He compiled a stat line of .272/.354/.395, scored 83 runs and added 10 stolen bases.

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Report: RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka could leave Mets for Japan
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

Veteran right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka has stated his desire to pitch as a starter somewhere going forward - and that somewhere could be Japan.

The Pacific League champion Fukuoka Softbank Hawks are planning to offer Matsuzaka a four-year deal, according to Sports Hochi. The deal would be worth about $3.58 million per season.

The 34-year-old Matsuzaka went 3-3 with a 3.89 ERA for the Mets in 2014. Only nine of his 34 appearances were as a starter and he is unlikely to land a spot in the rotation of a Mets team next season that is getting younger, healthier and stronger.

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Diamondbacks clear their 60-day disabled list
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

The Diamondbacks have moved four players off the 60-day disabled list, according to the Arizona Republic

Bronson Arroyo, Patrick Corbin, David Hernandez and Matt Reynolds were activated Thursday. Players are not allowed to be on the 60-day disabled list during the offseason. They can be put back on the 60-day DL once the season begins again. 

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Diamondbacks bring back Daniel Hudson, Matt Reynolds
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

The Diamondbacks have picked up options on Daniel Hudson and Matt Reynolds, according to the Arizona Republic

Hudson returned to the majors after undergoing two Tommy John surgery. He tossed just 2 2/3 innings, posting a 13.50 ERA. Reynolds spent all of 2014 recovering from Tommy John surgery. 

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Padres decline option on Josh Johnson, but could bring him back
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

The Padres have declined an option on pitcher Josh Johnson, according to MLB.com.

Johnson missed most of the season after undergoing Tommy John surgery. He was owed $4 million next season, but the Padres opted to buy out the final year on his contract. Despite the move, Johnson could return to San Diego at a lesser price. The 30-year-old pitcher reportedly has interest in staying with the club. 

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Orioles decline to bring back Nick Hundley
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

The Orioles have declined an option on catcher Nick Hundley.

Hundley hit .243/.273/.358 over 218 at-bats last season between San Diego and Baltimore. He was set to earn $5 million in 2015, but the Orioles didn't want him at that price. He'll look to hook on with another club this winter.

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Orioles decline option on Nick Markakis
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

The Orioles have declined an option on outfielder Nick Markakis.

Markakis was owed $17.5 million next season, but the team opted to buy out his contract for $2 million. The 30-year-old Markakis will head into the offseason a free-agent. He hit .276/.342/.386 over 642 at-bats last year.

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Orioles bring back Wei-Yin Chen, Darren O'Day
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

The Orioles have brought back pitcher Wei-Yin Chen and Darren O'Day for next season.

The club had options on both players and decided to pick them up. Chen posted a 3.54 ERA over 185 2/3 innings last year. O'Day posted a 1.70 ERA over 68 2/3 innings. 

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